More than half of the eligible homeowners in New York have registered for their Basic STAR exemptions.

The State Tax Department says more than 2.6 million homeowners are receiving the exemption and saving an average of $700 on their property taxes.

63% of homeowners in Oneida County and 60% in Herkimer County have signed up for STAR.

Howeowners must still register with the state even though they initially applied for Basic STAR with their local assessors.

The registration deadline is December 31st.

Register online at www.tax.ny.gov.